By Norman Lewis
'Norman Lewis is 90. He has been vacationing considering he used to be a tender guy and now collects his fresh go back and forth writing into this pleasant quantity, filled with aphrodisiacs made up of seals' penises and "vulture lung soup". Lewis is the vintage "I-am-a-camera" shuttle author. He sees, yet he doesn't pass judgement on. this is often the right booklet to move traveling with this summer season: off-beat, uninhibited and wise' Robert McCrum, Observer 'The essays span the continents, from Europe to Africa to Asia to South the USA to Oceania; they've got in universal an enviable descriptive energy, a marginally of the weird and loads of style...There is a brilliantly scary piece at the Mafia and its overall regulate over daily life in Sicily...Such is Lewis's breadth of expertise that, writing approximately aphrodisiacs in Liberia, he can point out a visit he as soon as made to the Yemen, the place he turned accustomed to the lads who dive for oysters, an come across with Hemingway in Havana, the place Ernesto used to be desperately attempting to opposite expanding impotence, after which a go back to Italy, the place a Neapolitan as soon as brought Lewis to the neighborhood sovereign treatment: a tin of Spam' Geoffrey Moorhouse, day-by-day Telegraph 'He is among the or 3 maximum residing shuttle writers, with a prose variety of unequalled wit and subtlety, packed with photos as startling as a Verey gentle. ..Despite the bleakness of so much of his subject material, Lewis is any such nice and fun author - and in addition such an intensely ethical and humane one - that he could make even the main terrible events either bearable and instructive...at 90 his literary voice is totally of the moment' William Dalrymple, Sunday occasions
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The Happy Ant-heap: and Other Pieces by Norman Lewis